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DHS eliminates H-2A visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents

  1. Original Date Announced

    July 6, 2018

    DHS finalizes a rule, alongside a parallel rule by the State Department, eliminating an exemption from visa requirements for H-2A workers from certain Caribbean countries. The rules finalize a 2016 interim rule that was already in effect. [ID #517]

    Federal Register Final Rule: Visas: Documentation of Nonimmigrants Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended
  2. Effective Date

    August 6, 2018

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Rule
Agencies Affected: CBP DOS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • February 8, 2016 Prior DHS regulation exempted from the visa requirement certain Caribbean residents seeking to come to the U.S. as H-2A agricultural workers and the spouses or children who accompany or follow these workers to the United States. 2016 DHS Regulation


Trump-Era Policy Documents

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